Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

July 06, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Partners to Provide High Tech Training Initiative to Aboriginal Canadians

Canada's Economic Action Plan helps 60 Aboriginal people secure employment

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) - The Government of Canada is investing in a partnership that will help 60 Aboriginal people in Manitoba receive information and communications technology training that will lead to long-term jobs, announced Mr. Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

The Government of Canada, the University of Winnipeg, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and private sector information technology organizations will work together on the Manitoba First Nations Information Communications Technologies Training Initiative.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that people have the skills that will enable them to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Bruinooge. "Through this project, and as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is creating partnerships to help Aboriginal Canadians get good jobs in the information and communications technology industry. This is part of our overall strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world."

The Manitoba First Nations Information Communications Technologies Training Initiative will receive $2 million from the Government of Canada's Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program. The partners are contributing an additional $2 million to the project. 

"The Information Communications Technologies Training Initiative under HRSDC's economic stimulus skills and training program is a major breakthrough for Manitoba First Nations," said Grand Chief Ron Evans of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. "We will be training 60 First Nations people to help build First Nations connectivity across Manitoba, which will improve access to health care, education, business and many other opportunities. We urge our people to consider their future in information and communications technology and help us build the future."

The ASEP program promotes partnerships between the Government of Canada, other levels of government, local organizations and employers. It provides on-the-job training that leads to long-term jobs in high demand professions, such as mining, hydro development, fisheries, tourism, construction and infrastructure. This is one of 20 projects supported by Canada's Economic Action Plan, which provided an additional $100 million in funding to ASEP to develop more and better opportunities for Canada's Aboriginal people. 

Also announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Invesment Fund is a two-year, $75-million program designed to help Aboriginal Canadians through short-term training initiatives that enable them to benefit from current employment opportunities.

More information about Canada's Economic Action Plan can be found at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

This news release is available online at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Backgrounder

The Manitoba First Nations Information Communications Technologies Training Initiative will provide employment and skills training for 60 participants, and will provide long-term employment for 50 Aboriginal people in the Province of Manitoba. Participant learning paths will include a continuum of training, and awareness of job opportunities in information and communications technology and of the needs and opportunities of First Nations communities in this sector. 

Participants who successfully complete their diploma program will be offered jobs within First Nations communities in Manitoba. Newly trained communications technology officers will be expected to establish and administer community-owned Internet service provider businesses that facilitate high speed Internet connectivity for management and administration, schools, health and social services, households and others in the community.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is contributing $2 million to the Manitoba First Nations Information Communications Technologies Training Initiative from the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program. The total project value is $4 million. The following partners are also contributing to the project:

HRSDC $ 2,000,000 50 %
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs $ 1,264,000 31.6 %
University of Winnipeg $ 338,500 8.5 %
Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba $ 198,000 5 %
Clear Concepts $ 100,000 2.5 %
Broadband Communications North $ 70,400 1.8 %
Board Members $ 29,100 0.7 %
Total Project Value $ 4,000,000 100 %

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559